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Didactic Curriculum

We have dedicated time for education between 8a and 12p two Tuesdays during the month.

This time includes grand rounds, core content, case presentations, journal club and research conferences. In addition, we use the state-of-the-art Hannaford Simulation lab to provide several intensive communication training sessions. These sessions are inter-disciplinary.

Over the course of the year the following content areas are addressed:

  • Introduction to Palliative Medicine
  • Symptom management
  • Disease specific palliative medicine: cardiac, pulmonary, and neurologic diseases; end stage renal disease, end stage liver disease, cancer and trauma.
  • Estimating and communicating prognosis
  • Communication skills training, with particular focus on:
    • Essential Communication Skills
    • Breaking Bad News
    • Goals of Care
    • Facilitating Family Meetings
    • Resuscitation Preference
  • The role of spiritual care, social work, and ethics in palliative medicine
  • Hospice and end of life car
  • Provider health, resiliency, mindfulness
  • System level palliative medicine, administration and delivery of care
  • Reflection in medicine